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Author Topic: Francesca MATUS & Drew DE VOURSNEY - Murdered - April 25, 2017 - Belize  (Read 2002 times)

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http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/belize-murder-fbi-investigation-1.4104849

FBI helping with Belize homicide case, but RCMP is not, local police say
Ontario mother Francesca Matus was killed along with her American boyfriend Drew De Voursney
By Trevor Dunn, CBC News Posted: May 08, 2017

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While Belizean national police are leading the double homicide investigation, they are now getting assistance from FBI officers, Raphael Martinez, a spokesperson for the Belize Police Department, said Monday.

But he said no such help has been offered by the RCMP.

"We haven't heard anything from them," Martinez said.

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But he said no such help has been offered by the RCMP.

"We haven't heard anything from them," Martinez said.

Don't expect any assistance either.

When Canadians get "into trouble" in a foreign country, they are pretty much on their own.
We have plenty of  examples.

Our Counselor services do make contact with the Canadian, and will get in touch with the family.  They offer soothing words, and that is about it, imo. They call it Advice and Assistance.
https://travel.gc.ca/docs/publications/imprisoned_abroad-eng.pdf

Since this couple suffered the same crime, no doubt Canada has confidence that the FBI will help solve it, and will pass on their findings to the RCMP. That way, no one in Canada will have to get off their butts. Besides, too many cooks in the kitchen can spoil the soup.

This guy is going to need a good lawyer.  Canada will not pay for lawyers either. Travel costs by family members and lawyers fees are paid for by the family, or the detained person.

Something to keep in mind when travelling to a foreign country.

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This keeps getting wilder.

http://www.ottawasun.com/2017/05/09/belizes-wild-west-real-estate-market-behind-murders

Belize’s wild-west real-estate market behind murders?

BY BRAD HUNTER, TORONTO SUN
FIRST POSTED: TUESDAY, MAY 09, 2017

Unscrupulous Belize real estate speculation may be behind the double murder of Francesca Matus and her American boyfriend, the Toronto Sun has learned.

Matus, 52, and Drew DeVoursney, 36, vanished two weeks ago after a night of partying at local watering hole, Scotty’s Bar & Grill in Corozal.

They were found bound and strangled to death last Monday in a sugarcane field.

Cops have made no arrests but are holding Barrie native John Deshaies, 54, as a person of interest. He has denied any involvement in the murders.

A longtime real estate developer in Corozal told the Sun that Deshaies - a local contractor - is being set up as a patsy.

“He didn’t do it,” said the source - who didn’t want to be identified for fear of violent reprisals. “I sold him that blue truck. He’s a great guy.”

But the developer - and local media reports - said real estate development in Belize is a virtual shooting gallery. People buy properties that don’t exist and land swindles are common.

And then there is the violence.

“That’s why people in Corozal aren’t saying anything, they’re terrified,” the source said. “They know who is behind all this - and they’re very afraid of him.”

The insider believes Matus may have been collateral damage and that the target was either Deshaies or DeVoursney.

Deshaies lived with his girlfriend and their two children in the lower half of Matus’s sprawling seaside villa. He has now lawyered up.

Deshaies’ girlfriend, Jasmine Lizarraga, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution the contractor had nothing to do with the murders.

“John is a very cool guy,” Lizarraga told the paper. “He would never do something like that. He was very close to Francesca.”

One neighbour, Don Richardson, who is well known in Corozal and who allegedly cracked a beer bottle over Deshaies’ head at Scotty’s Bar & Grill in March, claims he heard the two Canadians arguing about money.

Richardson is building a home across from Matus’s property - which she reportedly planned to sell - and said the pair argued loudly the day she disappeared.

Lizarraga denied Richardson’s claims that her boyfriend had fallen behind in rent.

The Sun source and Lazarraga both said that Deshaies was terrified of Richardson.

“I told John not to get involved with Don Richardson,” the source said. “That guy is bad news.”

“He (Richardson) told Deshaies at Scotty’s, ‘I’m almost 80 and I’m going to live my life ... I have nothing to lose,’” said the source, who witnessed the incident. “And he also told John, ‘you need to leave the country.’” Another possibility is that it was the Matus’s boyfriend, the rugged former marine from Georgia, who was the target because of a complaint he’d filed with the American embassy.

Richardson told the Journal-Constitution that he and Deshaies got into a physical altercation at Scotty’s.

He said Deshaies pressed charges against him after the incident. Richardson said he had fired Deshaies, who was helping to build his home.

Police have not laid any charges related to the deaths. 

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A heck of a hot mess there. They said, he said, she said ... they really need some good forensic testing measures done there and I wonder if the police departments there are up to snuff that way. I doubt it.

I can believe that people in the know, know exactly what happened and whom, but are very afraid. As it is, blame is being flung around amongst many. Police are not paid that well in some of these countries and are known to take bribes easily. Can't trust the police either.

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Police are not paid that well in some of these countries and are known to take bribes easily. Can't trust the police either.

Then there is THAT problem as well!

Glad that he lawyered up.  Hope the lawyer is a good one - and an honest one.

NO  PEACE IN PARADISE!  At least not there.

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So many paradises have this kind of problem, especially around the Caribbean.

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This couple were a very handsome twosome and would draw a lot of attention in a bar late at night in Mexico. I mean there are many horror stories about these places. They should never have gone to some place like that, it is bad enough when you're on a hotel grounds and they say not to leave the area. Apparently the lady lived there somewhere and whether it was business dealings or whatever, keep it to the day time. If we remember correctly, it wasn't that long ago that a very accomplished artist was returning from a trip away and got a taxi and at some point back to her home, she was murdered and robbed. I will stick to Canada, to hell with Mexico. I wouldn't go there if someone gave me a free ticket. There are many nice places to go where the sun shines brightly and it would be a lot safer. It was a terrible thing that happened to this couple and I do hope that justice prevails.  I do know they had a Canadian in custody after the crime, but whatever happened to that, I never heard anymore news on it.  Thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims. :o :o :o :o

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Here's  a switch!

https://www.thestar.com/news/crime/2017/05/10/canadian-reportedly-charged-in-mexican-resort-murder.html

Canadian reportedly charged in Mexican resort murder
Local news reports say the man is from Toronto.

A Canadian man has reportedly been arrested in connection with the beating death of a Mexican woman at a resort in Cancun.

Gabriela Janeth Jaramillo, 24, of Saltillo, Coahuila, was beaten to death in a room at the Gran Caribe in Cancun on April 22, according to local news reports.

Local media are also reporting that the suspect in her death is from Toronto.

Global Affairs Canada spokesperson John Babcock confirmed Wednesday that a Canadian has been arrested in Cancun, but would not confirm the person’s identity.

“Consular services are being provided to the Canadian citizen who has been detained in Cancun, Mexico,” Babcock said in an email. “Consular officials are in contact with local authorities to gather additional information.

“To protect the privacy of the individual concerned, further details on this case cannot be released,” Babcock said.

Last Friday, the Office of the Attorney General for Quintana Roo, the state where the resort is located, said police had arrested a man with the initials “M.K.” for the “aggravated homicide” of someone with the initials “G.J.J.M.”

M.K. had been in hospital since April 22, when he arrived complaining that he felt unwell, the Office of the Attorney General said in a news release.

Police went to the hospital to inform M.K. of his rights, with the help of a translator, the release said.

The office did not reveal M.K.’s nationality, nor did it explicitly say he was arrested in connection with Jaramillo’s killing.

The Yucatan Times reported that Jaramillo was found lying face down in a hotel room at the all-inclusive resort, and died after being taken to hospital.

Her death has called attention to violence against women in Mexico, with the local Zocalo online publication calling for justice “even if the murderer is a foreigner.”

Her Facebook page has become a memorial page, including a photo of her name written in the sand.

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http://www.torontosun.com/2017/05/13/belize-double-slay-suspect-out-on-bail

Belize double slay suspect out on bail

BY BRAD HUNTER, TORONTO SUN
FIRST POSTED: SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2017

The Canadian man described by cops as a person of interest in the grisly double slaying of Francesca Matus and her American boyfriend in Belize was released on bail Friday.

John Deshaies, 54, who lived on the lower level of Matus’ seaside villa, was taken into custody after the 52-year-old Keswick woman and her beau — Drew Thomas DeVoursney, 36 — were found strangled to death and dumped in a sugarcane field almost three weeks ago.

Deshaies, who was granted bail after more than a week in jail, has denied any involvement in the double murder and the “bogus” theft.

His bail conditions include surrendering his Canadian passport, checking in with cops once a week and staying in Belize.

“There was no objection to him applying for bail on a matter of a theft which let me say this for the record; he was merely on behalf of the owner of those things, keeping a watchful eye to see that they were secured,” his lawyer, Richard Bradley said. “(The theft) will be cleared up and nothing will come out of that matter.”

Bradley said the FBI has interviewed his client — a Barrie native — extensively and he cooperated, even providing a blood sample.

But the contractor’s lawyer believe Deshaies’ rights may have been violated.

He was moved from jail to jail — apparently with the necessary permission. His young wife was not allowed to bring him a change of clothes or toothpaste, Bradley added.

Meanwhile, cops appear stalled in the murder probe saying they’ve discounted robbery as a motive.

Sources have told the Toronto Sun the Central American nation is notoriously corrupt and that dodgy land dealings are not unheard of.

One source believes a business transaction gone awry is likely behind the murders, but who the prime target was remains a mystery.

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But the contractor’s lawyer believe Deshaies’ rights may have been violated.

He was moved from jail to jail — apparently with the necessary permission. His young wife was not allowed to bring him a change of clothes or toothpaste, Bradley added.

I hardly think that lacking a change of clothing and toothpaste would be such a big deal in the violation of a person' rights!  The lawyer should be able to come up with something better than that!!

Sheesh!

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How many times have people been warned about the corruption in those places, but they continue to risk their lives for whatever gain they think they are going to get. I feel bad for the families, but they know the danger and they continue to go there. :o :o :o :o

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I don't know if this is applies to Francesca's case, but to me it seems that more and more of the younger generation is often blinded by the wonderful marketing and ads that show the serene parts of these vacation spots, and no matter what their family tells them prior to them going, they don't adhere to the warnings. I've seen it over and over. For those that do this I earnestly would like to know if they think its ignored, it won't happen? If they think we are just jaded and warped by trying to warn them. And those entitled go wherever they want with nothing in their pockets and no game plan. They can't even comprehend that the justice system is not to be relied upon like ours. They are in another country. They have different rules. And, not all nationalities are welcome in all areas, particularly with unrest. Has anyone else noticed this? What's the answer?
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I wish I had an answer. My own family is too trusting and don't pay attention to crimes like I do. I had friends who were thinking of buying a resort in Belize bc it was cheaper there. In the end, after doing research, they didn't.
My own dtr and family have property in Puerto Vallarta and they go there frequently, sometimes inviting friends along. On one occasion the adults wanted to go out for an evening ... leaving the children with a babysitter that came recommended. Later they heard she was part of a human smuggling group ... whether it's true or not, I don't know. My dtr and hubs are very good parents so this really shook me up. I pleaded with them that if they have to be going out, leave the kids here in Canada. My kids actually think I am jaded and mistrusting too much. I guess some people will not listen up until it is too late. :(

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Re: Francesca MATUS & Drew DE VOURSNEY - Murdered - April 25, 2017 - Belize
« Reply #43 on: August 17, 2017, 04:17:03 AM »
http://www.torontosun.com/2017/06/13/belize-murder-victims-family-hits-brick-wall

Belize murder victim?s family hits brick wall

BY BRAD HUNTER, TORONTO SUN
FIRST POSTED: TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 2017

For nearly two months, the family of murder victim Francesca Matus has been kept in the dark on the vivacious 52-year-old?s mysterious slaying.

 

Matus ? of Keswick ? and her former U.S. Marine boyfriend, Drew Devoursey, 36, were found strangled to death in a sugarcane field near her home in Corozal, Belize, on May 1.

They had vanished six days before.

And so far, the family has struggled to discover the barest of details, one relative told 7News Belize.

?The family will call and ask for lead detectives that are in charge and their typical answer is, ?We will be back in an hour.? You call back in an hour and they?re not there,? the relative, who wasn?t named, told the news station.

He added: ?We are so far away and we can?t do anything, but we need some lines of communication ? especially when the family was promised updates.?

Making matters worse, the family found out through social media that Matus ? a real estate investor ? had been murdered. Cops have never contacted the family.

Also of concern has been the mother of two?s financial affairs.

?The family wanted to know if there was any kind of movement in the accounts because this could give a motive to what is going on,? the relative said.

After becoming upset with detectives, the relative said they passed the buck to the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) and blamed them.

The relative also said the family does not believe former Barrie contractor John Deshaies had anything to do with the couple?s murder. Police held him temporarily as a person of interest in their investigation.

He rented the lower half of Matus? sprawling beachfront home.

?When she went missing he called me, he got a hold of me and he was explaining how he and a bunch of her friends were going to be doing a search the following day in cane fields, back roads and everything like that,? the relative said, adding Matus never had a bad word to say about Deshaies.

?Not once and if it there was anything negative she would have told the family.?

Meanwhile, in the weeks since Matus?s tragic death, another local couple were murdered in Corozal.

Zeidy Orozco and Baltazar Lopez were found murdered June 7 ? their deaths chillingly similar to the Matus-Devoursey slayings.

Local cops have downplayed any suggestion a serial killer is preying on residents in the tourist town, population 9,000.

Matus? relative said another double slaying in a piece of paradise known to be peaceful is too much of a coincidence.